Myrtle K. Schindel Braun was born March 6, 1906, in Plymouth County, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Weinrich) Schindel. She was a lifelong resident of Plymouth County. Myrtle graduated from Hinton High School in 1924. She earned a teachers certificate from Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, and taught in rural schools for a number of years.
She married Clarence P. Braun Aug. 11, 1927. Myrtle and Clarence farmed west of Le Mars until 1956 and moved to Le Mars where they operated a service station. At that time they joined Calvary United Methodist Church. In the '50s and 60s, she was an employee of Fry Jewelers, Le Mars. Myrtle retired after working as a supervisor in Westmar College's mail room for 18 years.
Myrtle was a member of the United Methodist Church of Le Mars. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women and the Martha Circle. She was an avid knitter, crocheter and pinochle player. She was an active 4-H leader and volunteer and served as Plymouth County 4-H Chairman for several years.
Survivors include a daughter Elizabeth (Betty) Hesse of Le Mars; three grandchildren Alan Hesse and family of Walpole, Mass., Sharon Russell and family of Sergeant Bluff, and Michelle Wiersma Hill and family Cocoa, Fla.; six great-grandchildren; a daughter in-law Barbara Braun of Le Mars; and Tony and Della Brouillette, faithful friends of Le Mars.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband who died Oct. 20, 1966; her son William; two sisters Hazel Husted and Sibyl Rubel; two brothers Ralph and Albert Schindel; a daughter-in-law Elizabeth (Heinrich) Braun; and a son-in-law Marvin Hesse.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church of Le Mars. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars. The family will be present from 6 to8 p.m. and there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral on Friday.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Siouxland or the Morningside College Campus Ministry.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerhjohnsonfh.com.